Well Mardi Gras 2002 was just another Mardi Gras, except for the discovery of a great new eatery. Of course we did the usual Johnnies Po-boy, the Bulldog for an afternoon of beer and the Clover for breakfast on Ash Wednesday, but thanks to Lou Theriot, owner of the New Mint on Esplanade, we had an oppurtunity to try Feelings Cafe, 2600 Chartres.
Feelings is tucked away just 10 blocks East of the French Market, a short walk but through a rather intimidating neighborhood. The food is well worth the couple buck cab ride.
The Shrimp en Brochette appetizer looked yummy, the lady that ordered it as a meal refused to share, but she said it was very good. The house salad met rave reviews, the Mandarin oranges are a very nice touch. The Red Snapper Florentine, my choice at $15.75, was great. The Shrimp Clemenceau, $18.50, was presented well and was said to be excellent also. I hate people that won't share. The Polet Dijon, chicken breast with a very good chutney topping, $13.50, was the best buy and my favorite. The chutney should not scare you away, it was an excellent fruit base that complimented the chicken perfectly. Even my ultra finicky wife thought it was great.
Anybody going down for Jazzfest, or just visiting NOLA, should take a walk off the beaten path and go to Feelings Cafe. Reservations are suggested but the staff got us right in at opening, 6:00 for dinner, and didn't even look askance at our jeans and sweatshirts, although slacks and a buttondown would have been more appropriate. Try it, you'll like it.